Short-term philosophy is just like it sounds. It often focuses on the small picture and/or definite ideas and processes. Short-term philosophies can be great for achieving quick results, but they may leave your organization floundering when that result is achieved.

Your organization’s long-term philosophy is what will set its long-term path and ultimately determine its success. Your philosophy should not be specifically about Lean processes or tools; rather, embrace Lean ideas and combine them with your corporate culture to create a philosophy to guide your business for years to come.